By Rawlein G. Soberano, Ph.D.
Germantown, MD (June 1, 2011) – I was counting on the last two weeks of May to do a follow-up on Donald Trump (Part I), but he abruptly dropped out of the GOP presidential primary which I expected him to announce at the end of May. There is no way that clown could win the GOP primary, much less the general election. First, he could not afford it. There was no way he could raise money (some $600 million) when his own fortune is doubtful as he couldn’t afford to drop out of his Apprentice show. This is not the modus operandi of a billionaire. The only way he could be president is in a comedy show, starring himself as president, and Sarah Palin or Michele Bachman as his running mate. Second, he was nothing more than a con man who believed his own imaginary tales. Third, he is obsessed with fame which is more than an annoying nuisance, to be in front of a camera 24/7. Fourth, he has bankrupted more companies than any other in US history. Fifth, his narcissism is a turn-off to many people, naming everything, real, e.g. Trump Plaza, and fictitious, e.g., Trump University, after himself. All these buildings, golf clubs, casinos, et al. named after him remind me of Seneca’s lament about human vanity: “Nomina stultorum ubique inveniuntur, etiam in parietibus.” (The names of fools are found everywhere, even on walls.)
Newton Leroy Gingrich is the most divisive figure that appeared on the political scene and sowed the seeds of division that has split the country, perhaps for a long time. He is the precursor of right-wing conservatism and kamikaze Taliban (Damn the country if we don’t get what we demand!) He has the proclivity of making far-out statements that aroused the animosity and hatred of his base, creating an umbilical connection to racist tendencies. He is sleazily smooth in saying things for what they imply, e.g., “BHO is the most successful food stamp president in modern history.” Is he for real, or does he believe what he says? Is he the other side of the coin (one side is Donald Trump) that is hungry for attention? This is a man who is a cry baby and who hasn’t grown up (he’s 62 going on 12) since he closed down Congress in the mid-1990s.
The food stamp president is not a good word for those on welfare, those on the dole, fanning the flames of hatred of African Americans, the poor and their children, and cut off 44.2 million from federal help to provide tax cuts to his rich contributors. They know they cannot win national elections on issues, so they try to eliminate as many voters whom they think will go for Democratic candidates. When you call his attention to the social division he creates, he plays the victim knowing fully well that’s what he means. Beware of Republicans and their sound bytes, e.g., doing away with inefficient insurance companies = more power to seniors (through vouchers) = death of Medicare (through right-wing social engineering).
Welfare has always been a code word for Republicans, denoting to them unworthy recipients of taxpayer dollars. It carries more than a whiff of racism to boot, even though the majority of Americans on welfare are white. Ryan did the same when he used the “W” word to disparage Medicare and other entitlement programs, hoping it would endear him to senior citizens. He bit more than he could chew. Calling his critics as delving in class warfare is vintage GOP brush back. Republicans are in trouble when their chief budget architect implies that Grandma is a welfare queen.
Republicans ganged up on Gingrich because he attacked Paul Ryan’s budget plan, violating the GOP 11th commandment. According to a CBO analysis, most middle-income retirees would have to pay almost half of their income to purchase a Medicare equivalent insurance package by 2030. There’s nothing serious about the Ryan plan. It’s a naked attempt to redistribute money to the country’s rich at the expense of everyone else. If every senior got a Medicare equivalent policy under Ryan’s plan (which most won’t be able to afford), the added cost of his system would be more than $20 trillion over the net 75 years! This comes to more than $60,000 for every man, woman and child in this country.
The greed and ineptitude of the country’s elite has given us the worst economic collapse since the Great Depression. After getting the Wall Street banks back on their feet with trillion of dollars in government subsidized loan, they are once again attacking the living standards of the middle class. Last month, it was Medicare, and they promised to come back to attack Social Security in the not-too-distant future Their excuse for the attack is the huge budget deficit, because the Wall Street boys drove the economy to the cliff. They don’t see that spending creates jobs. If not for government intervention, we would be looking at 12% unemployment today.
Medicare is going to be the GOP Waterloo. One of their creations, e.g., 60-Plus Association is the conservative alternative to AARP. It is spending $800,000 to run radio ads in 39 different Congressional districts. It is not hard to figure out where the money is coming from. The GOP strategy to destroy Medicare is to create an untested, unexamined program built on wishful thinking. Gingrich calls BHO the most incompetent commander-in-chief, not eligible to be president. Is Newt smarter than the American people who voted for BHO overwhelmingly in 2008? What makes a graduate of Emory and Tulane more eligible than a graduate of Columbia and Harvard to be President of the US? Shouting from the rooftops negative and racist remarks about BHO doesn’t make such remarks automatically true and universally acceptable. Coming from a wife cheater whose personal finances are vague, e.g. Tiffany bill, doesn’t say much about this wannabe candidate of 2012.
It is doubtful that he can win the Republican base (forget the average American; we know him quite well in the last 20 years, how he showed the country that Republicans are dangerous and cannot govern). How can we ever forget his whining because he did not like the seating arrangement for the American delegation which flew to Israel for the funeral of the assassinated Itzack Rabin? He and his cohort engineered the closing of the American government to force themselves on the American people which backfired. If the GOP base supports him, they should not be allowed to call themselves (besides the Party of No) as the Party of Family Values. This party is crawling with sexual predators, adulterers, crooks, thieves, hypocrites, and should be called the Shameful Party of Unabashed Hypocrites. Arnold Schwarzenegger is the latest casualty.
Something happened last week that prompted his political demise. He got skewered for criticizing Paul Ryan’s budget. No matter what his gambit is, ultimately it’s all about getting middle-class voters to pay for tax cuts for rich people. It takes balls to con American seniors, but having a lot of balls is not the same as having courage. It took some time but it finally dawned on seniors to realize the GOP is screwing them and will continue to send them to the poorhouse due to their ignorance and stupidity unless these forces of evil are stopped now. They did not realize until recently that because of their harsh hostility towards BHO, they were tightening the snooze around their own neck. If Republicans succeed in doing away with Medicare, they may end up, not in a retirement home to enjoy their remaining years, but under a bridge if they are still alive.
Calling Ryan’s proposed budget radical and right-wing social engineering was the kiss of date for Gingrich. He did not foresee the outcome from that statement because he is always quick to the draw to score points with the base. He forgot the wisdom drawn from the Spanish proverb, “Antes que te cases mira lo que haces” (Look before you leap). It’s anathema to criticize a fellow Republican, even if he/she is the personification of evil. Ryan is the only GOP with a proposed solution on the deficit, flawed as it is. The rest have nothing to offer, except being anti-Medicare, anti-gay, anti-woman, anti-immigration, anti-Muslim, anti-tax and pro-corporate subsidies, pro-permanent tax cuts for the rich, pro-privatization of government programs to line their pockets, pro-war overseas, pro-Israel regardless. With that violation, even if his attacks on BHO make his base salivate with glee in their hatred for the president, they are prepared to desert anyone “controversial” for speaking the truth to save their neck. With disorganization and confusion comes desertion by political contributors, which consequently starve the campaign of needed funds. Adieu, Newt. Your unbridled political ambition is now over!